Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains
Mountain-Prairie Region

Wyoming Gray Wolf Recovery Status Report

From:               USFWS Wyoming Wolf Recovery Project Leader, Jackson, WY

Subject:            Status of Gray Wolf Management in Wyoming and the NRM

WYOMING WOLF WEEKLY- June 1 through June 5, 2009

           
Web Address – USFWS reports (past weekly and annual reports) can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov . Weekly reports for Montana and Idaho are produced by those States and can be viewed on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Idaho Department of Fish and Game websites. All weekly and annual reports are government property and can be used for any purpose.  Please distribute as you see fit.

Annual Reports
The Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery 2008 Annual Report is available at: http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .
                             
Status of the NRM wolf delisting rule 
The Final Rule to Establish a Gray Wolf – Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment and Remove it from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species became effective May 4, 2009.  It was published in the Federal Register Vol 74, No. 62 pages 15123-15188on April 2, 2009.  The rule, the literature cited, and Questions and Answers about it are posted on the USFWS website at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .  The rule delists wolves in Montana, Idaho, eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon, and a small part of north central Utah.  Wolves in Wyoming will remain under the adequate regulatory mechanisms of the ESA.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to manage wolves in all of Wyoming under the provisions of the 1994 nonessential experimental population rules.  Management under the ESA will continue until such time Wyoming develops a regulatory framework that the Service determines meets the purposes of the ESA.  After that happens the Service may initiate the mandatory federal regulatory process [including public review and comment] to turn management over to Wyoming.  

Monitoring
On 6/2/09, Wyoming W.S. trapped and radio collared a female wolf in the Washakie Pack near Dubois, WY.

On 6/3/09, USFWS and GTNP personnel retrieved the carcass of a young wolf that apparently died last year in GTNP. USFWS Law Enforcement routinely sends wolf carcasses to the USFWS Ashland Forensics Lab to determine the cause of death.

At least 15 breeding pairs have been identified this spring in Wyoming, outside Yellowstone National Park: Jackson = 5 denning packs; Cody/Sunlight = 4; Cora/Pinedale = 2; Dubois = 1; Green River = 1; west side of the Teton Range = 1; and South Pass/Sweetwater = 1. Telemetry flights will continue this spring to identify additional packs that have denned.

Control
On 5/4/09, Wyoming W.S. confirmed that  >2 wolves killed 13 ewes, 17 lambs, and injured 3 additional lambs on a public grazing allotment in the Big Horn Mountains. The USFWS requested W.S. to remove both wolves and control is ongoing.

Research
Nothing to report at this time.

Law Enforcement and Related Activities  
Nothing to report at this time.

Outreach and Education
On 6/5/09, Jimenez participated in panel discussion in Jackson, WY. The panel followed a film presentation on recovering predator populations in the northern Rockies.

Further Information
To request an investigation of livestock injured or killed by wolves, please contact the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Wildlife Services at (307)261-5336.

For additional information, please contact:
Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 x204 or Ed_Bangs@FWS.GOV
Mike Jimenez (307)733-7096 or (307)330-5631 or  Mike_Jimenez@FWS.GOV    

Last updated: November 8, 2012